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    Mark Tennison reviewed Bear Peak via Shanahan Ridge

    2 months ago

    This was a beautiful but strenuous hike to the Bear Peak Summit.The weather was nearly perfect except for the high clouds. Temperature remained in the 60’s and very light winds. It is approximately a 5.9 round trip. For the entire day, I passed 18-20 people. Most of the day was with me, myself, and I.

    The path begins narrow but widens as you reach the Shanghai Ridge Trail. It is always heading up. Think about it. In 2.9 miles you will climb over 2500’ in elevation. The closer you get to the Summit the narrower and steeper your trek becomes. I had to take short breaks for the last mile to the Peak. At times, toward the end, you’ll need to use your hands for assistance. Unless of course, you’re in excellent condition. Me, I’m 54 years young but was breathing fairly heavily near the top.

    Once you Summit, you have breathtaking panoramic views in all directions. Longs Peak is to the northwest while Mt Evans shares its glory from the southwest. Look east and the Great Plains never end. Boulder and the Flatirons are to the north and if you look closely, you’ll view Eldora Ski Resort just south of due west.

    Overall, I highly recommend it, especially if you’re wanting to climb some 14ers this summer.

    Mark Tennison reviewed Belcher Hill Trail

    3 months ago

    This was the best hike I've been on since my last 14er. The ist 4-5 miles is steadily uphill but doable if you're in decent shape. My 21 year old daughter led the way with our dogs, Miller (living the High Life) and Ellie. My 14 1/2 year old wire haired mutt that keeps going and going...... The views are expansive and the trails are either dirt or dirt/rocks. We began on the southern part of Belcher Trail, hiked a few miles and turned left on the Mustang trail. Once the Mustang Trail hit the Sawmill Trail we continued to climb a not too steep pather until we reached the Sawmill Trail campsite near 7500'. This is the high point of the hike. The campsite is amazing! It has excellent tent sites, fire pits, picnic tables, free firewood, clean restroom metal bear bends, No one was camping but my daughter and I decided to backpack and camp their a night or two on our next visit. We did come across a couple of people riding horses, a handful of mountain bikers, runners, and small groups of hikers throughout the trip. But we were alone for a good portion of Mustang and Sawmill Trails. Sawmill eventually intersected with Belcher Trail again and it was downhill from there. There was some snow in the higher elevations but not enough to pull out crampons. The trail was dry for 97% of the hike. We began at 1:30pm and ended around 5:15pm. We hiked a total of 8.8 miles, climbed 130+ floors, and took over 20,000 steps. Overall, it was one of my favorites. We're all going to sleep well tonight. Adios for now

    Mark Tennison completed Belcher Hill Trail

    3 months ago

    Mark Tennison saved Royal Arch Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mark Tennison reviewed Royal Arch Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    The Royal Arch hike was moderate/strenuous BUT so worth it. The views are amazing and the Royal Arch is a must see. This is by far the most beautiful and rewarding treks in the foothills near Denver. Just Do It!

    Mark Tennison reviewed White Ranch Loop

    almost 2 years ago

    White Ranch has a nice selection of trails and this day I chose the 5+ mile Rawhide Trail. The valleys, wild flowers and birds of many species are beautiful. You make a long loop so the scenery is constantly changing. I loved it!

    Mark Tennison reviewed Mount Sanitas Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    I haven't climbed it since last year but the workout is great. Many people were running the trail up to the summit. I did some running on the way down. It gets pretty steep but the trail isn't that long. The views of Boulder, CU and The Great Plains are excellent.

    Mark Tennison reviewed Mount Sanitas Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mark Tennison reviewed South Platte River Greenway Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Nice to bike or hike this trail along the South Platte. Can't rate it any higher because you're in town. Regardless, it's still worth doing.

    Mark Tennison reviewed Big Dry Creek Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    I enjoyed biking up to Standley Lake. The open space offered concrete and gravel trails. They were steep at times and you could ride 25 miles and remain on the trail. Made for a good workout with plenty of nice views.

    Mark Tennison reviewed Rocky Mountain Arsenal National Wildlife Refuge Lakes Loop

    almost 2 years ago

    Get their early and you'll see buffalo and plenty of white tails. Flowers are beautiful but the trails are easy. Great place to take the kids.

    Mark Tennison completed Ladora Lake

    almost 2 years ago

    Mark Tennison reviewed Bear Peak Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mark Tennison reviewed Bear Peak Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    The trail begins at the Mesa trail hood and crosses Boulder Creek. Beautiful valleys gradually rise and then you intersect and take the shadow canyon trail. You rise and fall at the beginning but after crossing a small creek the trek gets strenuous. First, meandering your way through steep rocky trails lined with huge boulders and Ponderosa pines. Finally you reach a recently burned forest loaded with beautiful wild flowers doing their part of rebuilding. From here the path mellows a bit and the vistas begin to appear. You see the peak and muster the energy to summit. The views from the top include the Great Plains to the east, Boulder to the northwest, Flatirons to the north and the Rockies to the west. The 7.3 rr hike is worth doing. Take lots of water and some snacks. Few people were on the trail.

    Mark Tennison saved Rawhide Trail

    almost 2 years ago

    Mark Tennison saved White Ranch Loop

    almost 2 years ago

    Mark Tennison saved Big Dry Creek trail

    over 2 years ago

    Mark Tennison completed Red Rocks Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Mark Tennison completed Big Dry Creek trail

    over 2 years ago

    Mark Tennison completed White Ranch Loop

    over 2 years ago

    Mark Tennison completed Mesa Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Mark Tennison completed Chautauqua Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Mark Tennison completed Sanitas Valley Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Mark Tennison completed Bear Peak Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Mark Tennison completed South Boulder Creek Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Mark Tennison completed Towhee and Homestead Trails

    over 2 years ago

    Mark Tennison completed Red Rocks Trailhead

    over 2 years ago

    Mark Tennison completed Baseline Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Mark Tennison reviewed Mount Massive Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Favorite climb to this point in my climbing career. Really enjoyed this day. The valley is spectacular with lots of streams, trees, boulders and views. The day was magnificent so I stayed on the summit by myself for 45 minutes. Quite an adventure.

    Mark Tennison reviewed Mount Elbert South Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Being my 1st I've got to give it a five. The hike is long but relatively easy. The only bummer was the 2 false summits. Hate those! Overall it was wonderful. Spent about 30 minutes on the summit then came the weather. It went from 60 to 30 in minutes and then began the hail. We were running for the trees.

    Mark Tennison completed Bartlett Gulch Loop Trail

    over 2 years ago

    Mark Tennison reviewed Quandary Peak

    over 2 years ago